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At the last Passover,
what did Christ say to His disciples?
And he said unto them,
I have eagerly desired to eat Passover with
you before I suffer. For I tell you, I will not
eat it again until it finds fulfillment in the
kingdom of God. Luke 22: 15,16.
Concerning what had there
been strife among the disciples?
Also a dispute
arose among them as to which of them was
considered to be the greatest. Verse
How did Christ rebuke
Jesus said unto them, The
kings of the Gentiles lord it over them; and
those who exercise authority over them call
themselves Benefactors. But you are not to be
like that. Instead, the greatest among you should
be like the youngest, and the one who
rules like the one who serves. Verses
25,26. (See Mark 10:42-45.)
The Savior Sets an Example
What did the Savior say
of His own position?
For who is greater,
the one who is at the table or the one who
serves? Is it not the one who is at the table? But
I am among you as one who serves.
Notwithstanding that He
was their Lord and Master, what example of
humility and willing service did Christ give?
So he got up from
the meal, took off his outer clothing, and
wrapped a towel around his waist. After that, he poured
water into a basin and began to wash his
disciples feet, drying them with a towel that was
wrapped around him. John 13: 4,5.
What was the custom
anciently respecting foot washing?
Let a little water
be brought, and then you may all wash your
feet and rest under this tree. Genesis
18:4; 19:2; 43:24. My lords, he said,
please turn aside to your fathers
house. You can wash your feet and spend
the night and then go on your way early in the
morning. The Steward took the men
into Joseph house, gave them water to wash
their feet and provided fodder for their
donkeys. (See also Judges 19:21; 2
How did Christ reprove
Simon for misjudging Him in permitting a woman
who was a sinner to wash His feet?
Then he turned
toward the woman and said to Simon, Do you
see this woman? I came into your house. You
did not give me any water for my feet, but
she wet my feet with her tears and wiped them
with her hair. Luke 7:44.
Note From the
scriptures just cited, it appears the usual custom
in Christs time was for the guests to wash
their own feet.
What question did Peter
ask concerning this proffered service?
He came to Simon
Peter, who said unto him, Lord, are you
going to wash my feet?
What answer did Jesus
Jesus replied, You
do not realize now what I am doing, but later you
will understand. Verse 7.
How did Peter feel about
the Saviors washing their feet?
No, said Peter,
you shall never wash my feet.
He Significance of the
What was the Masters
reply to Peter?
Jesus answered, Unless
I wash you, you have no part with me. Verse
Note This ordinance
is a type of a higher cleansing the
cleansing of the heart from the stain of sin. It
is a rebuke to all selfishness and seeking of
place and preferment among Christs
professed followers, and a witness to the fact
that, in Gods sight, it is true humility
and loving service which constitute real
Learning that union with
Christ depended on this service, what did Peter
Simon Peter replied, not just my feet but
my hands and my head as well!
Verse 9. (See verse 10.)
Having washed their feet
what did Christ say?
I have set you an
example that you should do as I have done for
you. Verse 15.
What did He say about
washing one anothers feet?
You call me Teacher
and Lord, and rightly so, for that is what
I am. Now, that I, your Lord and Teacher, have
washed your feet, you also should wash one
anothers feet. Verses 13,14.
What did Christ say would
be their experience in obeying His instruction?
Now that you know
these things, you will be blessed if you do
them. Verse 17.
How does Christ regard an
act performed toward the humblest of His
He will reply,
I tell you the truth, whatever you did not
to do for one of the least of these, you did
not do for me. Matthew 25:40.
I will never, never
I will never forsake you;
I will guide, and save,
and keep you,
For My name and mercys
Fear no evil,
Only all my counsel take.
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